Farmer in the City




Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden

Location:  Sacratomato, CA

Day Job:  Registered Dental Assistant

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chile Peppers, Collards, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Lavender, Lemons, Lettuce, Mint, Oranges, Oregano, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes

Animals:  Bees, Blue orchard mason bees and blueberry mason bees.

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I love to garden and love to grow my own food. I have just taken apart my Square Foot Garden raised bed, moved it to allow for espaliered citrus, and reassembled it with a hoop house and solar lighted corners. I have 1/4 acre where I grow limes, mandarins, meyer lemons, cara cara oranges,2 kumquats, calamondin, quince, a 4-in-one grafted pluot, Gravenstein apple, golden delicious apple and Blenheim apricot (the last 2 are ultra dwarf.) I am trying to grow with space-saving techniques like espalier. I am working on ways to use gray water and trying to conserve water as much as I can and still grow my own food. Another 4x8 raised bed is in the works, and I'll add more blueberries. Next year, more espaliered citrus, and I'm going to learn to graft!

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  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on May 23rd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I need to update the photo! I have kale growing like crazy, have been eating tons of home grown lettuce, the tomatoes are coming along well, and chile peppers. One eggplant is blooming! The golden delicious and pluot have fruit developing. But...I've been really busy building a coop!! Yes, I am going to get 3 Orpington chicks early next year! I'm building the Kippen House..it has a garden on top where my strawberries will go!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 5th, 2014 at 07:41 am

    Sounds like you're well poised for battle this year. I love the sound of all that fruit. Hope the moth traps do the trick.

  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on April 4th, 2014 at 09:48 am

    I have more blueberry bee cocoons to put out..it's drizzling here now but will be in the high 70's-low 80's next week. Citrus trees are loaded with buds. I want ti time my bee release with the citrus blooming! I'm also ordering more blue orchard bees. I want to get a population started here, along with leafcutter bees!

  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on March 21st, 2014 at 08:43 am

    I potted up my bush raspberry last week and my golden delicious ultra dwarf apple is blooming. I made coddling moth traps and set those out, and bought the kind from the store to help. I have a shrub full of quince starting out and hope to keep the coddling moths from ruining the crop! Last year we got 3 due to a storm that knocked all the blooms off. Those 3 had coddling moths. This year I'm fighting back!!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 15th, 2014 at 08:12 am

    Good for you with the marinara sauce. I have a bit of a fear of canning and not getting it right so the only preserving I have done is freezing. Works well with veggies but also with berries. I love to freeze the wonderful peaches I get at the market in the summer. It would be great to have them in my yard.

  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on March 9th, 2014 at 09:52 pm

    I forgot to tell everyone..I finally got brave enough to try the marinara sauce my Mom and I canned from our tomatoes...it was fantastic!! Yes, we can. And one of the best things ever is Meyer lemon curd. It tastes like taking a bite of sunshine, or a bite of heaven. It is amazing!

  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on March 9th, 2014 at 09:48 pm

    I love my citrus..I am so happy they grow well here..but I'mnot looking forward to the arrival of the citrus psyllid, which will decimate citrus groves everywhere. I may be able to cover my large-ish tree..it's as wide as it is tall (8')so that may save it from ruin. I have sequoia strawberries, pineberries, 4 varieties of blueberries (all just potted up today!) and a Razzleberry thornless bush raspberry. I want to make a structure to grow a thornless blackberry. All my blueberries are southern highbush, due to our warmer climate. I am fortunate that there is a Master Gardener Horticultural test garden near me, so they test the blueberries for Sacramento, and I get to choose the ones they thought were best! They have amazing ideas that they test out..currently they are into doing fruit bushes instead of trees, citrus hedges and espalier. Also genetic dwarf fruit trees.

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 8th, 2014 at 07:49 am

    I envy so much your citrus growing. I do grow berries - strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The strawberries are particularly good producers. I have a mixture of June-bearing and Everbearing, so I get berries from spring to frost.

  • Posted by: Tiny Turnip Farm and Garden on March 7th, 2014 at 09:56 pm

    I just got a galvanized steel container for one of my blueberries! And organic (Espoma) soil acidifier..tomorrow I'm going to pot up one of last year's blueberries and put one of my new ones in the old pot..I plan on having 2 of each crop harvest of blueberries. The citrus are really starting to grow..should have a big crop of Meyer lemons this summer!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on March 1st, 2014 at 08:04 am

    Congratulations on Farmer of the Day!

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